The mighty Kawasaki Frontale extended their lead atop the standings and set a new J. League first-division record for consecutive games unbeaten Sunday with a 2-0 win over Consadole Sapporo, eclipsing the 21-game stand set by Omiya Ardija in 2012-2013.
A day earlier, FC Tokyo snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-0 rout of Kashiwa Reysol, with three early goals in an eight-minute window offering manager Kenta Hasegawa some respite from fans’ calls for change at the club, reports Dan Orlowitz.
No such luck for Tsuneyasu Miyamoto, whose managerial reign at Gamba Osaka came to an end Friday after the club recorded just one win — and a mere three goals — in their last 10 league matches.
Meanwhile, regional rivals Vissel Kobe announced a two-year contract extension for captain Andres Iniesta, ensuring the Spanish superstar will remain in the country he considers his “second home” until the end of the 2023 season, Orlowitz reports.
Vissel’s stadium is set to be opened up later this year as a COVID-19 mass vaccination site, along with already confirmed soccer stadiums in Aichi and western Tokyo, writes Orlowitz, as the J. League steps up to support Japan’s lagging inoculation drive.